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3:15 AM ET, June 22, 2023


 Top News: 
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Geraldo Rivera says his last appearance on Fox News' The Five will be next week and “growing tension” wasn't worth it; he plans to remain a Fox correspondent  —  Geraldo Rivera has quit as one of the lonely liberal voices on Fox News' popular political combat show “The Five,” …
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon:
Ron Wyden, Mike Lee, and Richard Durbin reintroduce the bipartisan PRESS Act to shield journalists from government surveillance; a similar House bill is planned  —  Bill Defends Reporters' Communication Records Against Government Seizure To Protect Confidential Sources and Promote Accountability …
Christian Blauvelt / IndieWire:
Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Paul Thomas Anderson call WBD CEO David Zaslav to advocate for Turner Classic Movies' leadership team, hit with layoffs  —  Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Paul Thomas Anderson have organized an emergency call to David Zaslav that will take place today …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
NYC-based newsletter platform beehiiv raised a $12.5M Series A led by Lightspeed and says it has 7,500 active newsletters with 350M monthly impressions  —  The world took a double take at the potential of newsletters after Substack started to blow up a few years ago.
Lawrence Hurley / @lawrencehurley:
[Thread] US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito uses a Wall Street Journal op-ed to respond to ProPublica questions for a report, instead of issuing a statement  —  Justice Alito appears to be trying to get out ahead of a new ProPublica report that will address a trip he went on with billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer. Weirdly, it is published as an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal:
Lou Paskalis / Fast Company:
Advertisers can fight the collapse of newsrooms by bringing back $1B to news, discarding fear of ads alongside hard news, and rebranding news as an ESG effort  —  The news business is in trouble.  This month, hundreds of the remaining journalists still employed by Gannett …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Denmark's biggest daily, Politiken, is boosting engagement, pageviews, and subscriptions using “super articles” inspired by The New York Times' Snowfall in 2012  —  Denmark's biggest-selling national newspaper, Politiken, has boosted engagement and page views with the creation of what it calls “super articles”.
Tarek Amara / Reuters:
Tunisian journalist Zied Heni is detained on a charge of insulting President Kais Saied; over 20 people tied to opposition have been detained or investigated  —  Prominent Tunisian journalist Zied Heni was detained late on Tuesday after a judge ordered he be held in custody ahead of his trial …
Zosha Millman / Polygon:
Ali Selim, the director and executive producer of Marvel's Secret Invasion, says Method Studios used AI to design the opening credits scene  —  ‘It just came right out of the shape-shifting, Skrull world identity’  —  The world of Secret Invasion is decidedly sketchy.
The New York Times Company:
New York Times Cooking launches a service in which cooks can text any fruit or vegetable emoji to 361-COOK-NYT to get a free recipe, through August 15, 2023  —  Need a recipe in a snap to make your summer produce shine?  From June 21 - August 15, text a fruit or vegetable emoji to 361-COOK-NYT …
Discussion: @jbenton and @hanaatameez
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Matt Tamanini / The Streamable:
YouTube TV expands its Multiview feature test to let some subscribers view up to five news, sports, and weather streaming channels at the same time
Mia Sato / The Verge:
Patreon adds a free membership tier for the first time and plans to let creators sell one-off downloadable products such as videos and podcasts, taking a 5% cut
Discussion: Tubefilter and TechCrunch
Washington Post:
ProPublica reporters and other staff are unionizing; staff memo: President Robin Sparkman and EIC Stephen Engleberg say ProPublica plans to recognize the union
Jeremy Gray / PetaPixel:
Gear Patrol, a publication and content studio focused on consumer products, acquires digital photography site DPReview from Amazon, after its scheduled shutdown
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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix tweaks its weekly top 10 rankings to sort by “views”, calculated by dividing the time spent watching a film or a show in a week by its running time
Brian Stelter / Vanity Fair:
Q&A with Margaret Sullivan about American Crisis, her new Substack podcast that she says will address “whether journalism, at its best, can help save democracy”
Peter White / Deadline:
Sources: in a surprise move, WBD shops some HBO titles to Netflix, including Issa Rae's 2021 comedy Insecure, to boost revenue; some HBO veterans pushed back